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Money pours in for Los Angeles City Council races

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Millions of dollars are being collected by candidates for the Los Angeles City Council. The primary is set for March 5.

Money is pouring in to Los Angeles City Council campaigns, including more than $1 million in the Thirteenth District race alone.

There are a dozen certified candidates running in CD13, which is being vacated by Eric Garcetti and includes Echo Park, Silver Lake and parts of Hollywood. In that race, former Public Works Commissioner John Choi has raised $189,268, while Alex De Ocampo, who works for the Saban Family Foundation, has raised $134,056. Emile Mack, an L.A. Fire Department commander, reported $102,143 to the Ethics Commission.

Also running for that seat are:

  • Matt Szabo, $83,253
  • Josh Post, $70,224

In South L.A.’s Ninth District, currently represented by Jan Perry, LAPD Deputy Chief Terry Hara reported $202,401, putting him far ahead of his opponents. They include:

  • Ana Cubas, $121,729
  • David Roberts, $112,199
  • Curren Price, $104,720
  • Mike Davis, $80,145 


LA City Council members skip conference despite recess

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L.A. City Councilman Ed Reyes is one of two council members at the National League of Cities conference this week.

It’s quiet around City Hall this week, with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in South America and the Los Angeles City Council on recess.

The council isn't meeting so members can attend the National League of Cities conference in Boston. But … that doesn’t mean the council members are actually there. 

Councilman Jose Huizar, for example, is in Korea with the Korean American Federation to talk about economic development. He and State Sen. Kevin De Leon are meeting with the new owners of the Wilshire Grand Hotel, which is now a part of Huizar’s district. He will also visit the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea and school leaders in the Kyonggi Province. 

Councilman Tony Cardenas, meanwhile, has been in Washington, D.C., preparing for his next job as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.


Filing dates set for LA City Council special election

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Anyone planning to run for the L.A. City Council's special election next May must reside in the Sixth District beginning Jan. 5, 2013.

Los Angeles has  established the filing dates for candidates interested in running for the Sixth District City Council seat. The incumbent councilman was elected to Congress and will vacate the position.

Potential candidates for the Los Angeles City Council’s Sixth District must reside in the district beginning Jan. 5, 2013, the City Clerk’s Office announced Monday. 

The special election for the CD 6 seat will be held on May 21. The filing and nominating petition periods both start on Feb. 4  and candidates must live in the district at least 30 days before filing campaign papers. Candidates must also be registered to vote in the San Fernando Valley’s Sixth District by the time they are elected to office.

The incumbent councilman, Tony Cardenas, was elected to Congress in the Nov. 6 election. He will be sworn into office on Jan. 3.


All is quiet at City Hall with LA's pols in San Diego, Charlotte

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It's quiet at Los Angeles City Hall with city council members, along with the mayor and controller, at the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina and at a municipal conference in San Diego.

Labor Day has come and gone, summer is over, and folks are back at work throughout Los Angeles. Well, except at City Hall where the Los Angeles City Council is once again in recess.

The official reason for the recess is the League of California Cities conference in San Diego. Councilmen Bernard Parks, Mitch Englander and Joe Buscaino will be there for the three-day event.

Meanwhile, Councilman Tony Cardenas, who is running virtually unopposed for Congress in the east San Fernando Valley, is in Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention. The Sixth District rep will then travel to San Diego for the conference, according to his office.

Mayoral candidate and Councilman Eric Garcetti is also in Charlotte. Garcetti is a member of the Democratic National Committee’s Executive Board. While at the convention, the councilman hosted an event for “rising stars” of the Democratic Party and spoke at a panel hosted by the DNC Hispanic Caucus. (Also in Charlotte this week are Controller Wendy Greuel — who is one of Garcetti's mayoral rivals — and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is chairing the convention.)


Today at City Hall: 'There’s a man eating a pig head in the chamber'

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Democracy at work: today's L.A. City Council meeting included a shoutout to London, a performance by mariachis, and apparently contraband carnitas.

The Los Angeles City Council meets three days a week, but on Fridays the political business tends to take a backseat to pomp and circumstance—and occasional silliness—which is why at today’s two-and-a-half-hour meeting, the council celebrated Londoners and mariachis. And the meeting had a Mexican food motif.

During the time for public comment. Council President Herb Wesson cut off two women who wanted to talk about the Long Beach (710) Freeway project and told them it would be more appropriate to speak later on in the agenda.

One of the women decided to give a general comment.

“There’s a man eating a pig head in the chamber," she said. "There’s a stench of carnitas, which is making me extremely hungry and I don’t know that he will share. I think this is violating the decorum of your honorable chamber.” (You can watch her in the video here at about the 51-minute mark.)